NAVAL NEWS October 2021

Navy Forces Naval Maritime Defense Security Industry

According to a press release published by Aerovironment on October 18, 2021, the firm announced the successful maritime demonstration of a Puma™ 3 AE small unmanned aircraft system and Switchblade® 300 tactical missile system sensor-to-shooter (S2S) capability as part of NATO REP(MUS) 21, Europe’s maritime unmanned systems operational experimentation exercise, hosted at the Portuguese Navy Centre for Operational Experimentation held in Troia, Portugal in September.

According to a press release published by Boeing on October 18, 2021, the firm is continuing to expand the Indian Navy’s long-range maritime reconnaissance anti-submarine warfare capabilities with the delivery of the country’s 11th P-8I. The patrol aircraft is an integral part of the Indian Navy’s fleet and has surpassed 30,000 flight hours since it was inducted in 2013.

According to information published by the U.S. Department of Defense on October 15, 2021, the U.S. Coast Guard commissioned the USCGC Emlen Tunnell (WPC 1145), Patrol Forces Southwest Asia's fourth 154-foot Sentinel-class cutter, into service at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia.

According to information released by the Russian press agency TASS on October 15, 2021, five icebreakers and three versatile vessels designed for the delivery of military cargo to garrisons in the Extreme North will be built by 2033 under the Russian auxiliary fleet development program, Russian Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics Andrei Yefimov said at a roundtable meeting in the Federation Council.

Aluminum workboat builder Silver Ships, Inc. was recently awarded an $8.2 million Delivery Order as a result of being awarded a Firm-Fixed-Price Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) single award contract (N00024-21-D-2205) by the Naval Sea Systems Command for the construction and delivery of up to 110 Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Surface Support Craft (SSC) and U.S. Coast GuardSpecial Purpose Craft, Law Enforcement (SPC-LE) vessels, in addition to other accessories, parts and training. The contract includes options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of the contract to $51.6 million.

According to information published by the Guardian on October 15, 2021, the Royal Australian Navy could use its Collins-class submarines until 2050. Indeed, with the AUKUS pact, Australia will have to wait for the construction of nuclear-powered submarines when it would have received the first Attack class submarine from Naval Group in 2030.

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